In many parts of Europe, the consumption of horse meat continued throughout the Middle Ages until modern times, despite a papal ban on horse meat in 732. Horse meat was also eaten as part of Germanic pagan religious ceremonies in Northern Europe, particularly ceremonies associated with the worship of Odin.
The earliest horses evolved on the North American continent, and by about 12,000 BC, they had migrated to other parts of the world, becoming extinct in the Americas. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spaniards, followed by other European settlers, reintroduced horses to the Americas.
Some horses became feral, and began to be hunted by the indigenous Sequence people of what is now Chile and Argentina. Initially, early humans hunted horses as they did other game; later, they began to raise them for meat, milk and transport.
The meat was, and still is, preserved by being sun-dried in the high Andes into a product known as charge. Hunger during World War II led to horses being eaten. Horse meat gained widespread acceptance in French cuisine during the later years of the Second French Empire.
The high cost of living in Paris prevented many working-class citizens from buying meat such as pork or beef ; in 1866, the French government legalized the eating of horse meat, and the first butcher's shop specializing in horse meat opened in eastern Paris, providing quality meat at lower prices. During the Siege of Paris (1870–1871), horse meat, along with the meat of donkeys and mules, was eaten by anyone who could afford it, partly because of a shortage of fresh meat in the blockaded city, and also because horses were eating grain that was needed by the human populace.
Though large numbers of horses were in Paris (estimates suggested between 65,000 and 70,000 were butchered and eaten during the siege), the supply was ultimately limited. Not even champion racehorses were spared (two horses presented to Napoleon III by Alexander II of Russia were slaughtered), but the meat became scarce.
Many Parisians gained a taste for horse meat during the siege, and after the war ended, horse meat remained popular. Likewise, in other places and times of siege or starvation, horses are viewed as a food source of last resort.
Despite the general Anglophone taboo, horse and donkey meat was eaten in Britain, especially in Yorkshire, until the 1930s, and, in times of postwar food shortages, surged in popularity in the United States and was considered for use as hospital food. Horse meat has a slightly sweet taste reminiscent of beef.
Many consumers allege not being able to tell the difference between beef and horse meat. Meat from younger horses tends to be lighter in color, while older horses produce richer color and flavor, as with most mammals.
IDH did find that horses at the age of 6 months had lower value of moisture and protein. Selected nutrients per 100 g (3.5 oz) Food source Energy Protein(g) Fat(g) Iron(mg) Sodium(mg) Cholesterol(mg) (kJ) (Cal) Game meat, horse, raw 560 133 21 5 3.8 53 52 Beef, strip steak, raw 490 117 23 3 1.9 55 55 In most countries where horses are slaughtered for food, they are processed similarly to cattle, i.e., in large-scale factory slaughterhouses (abattoirs) where they are stunned with a captive bolt gun and bled to death.
In countries with a less industrialized food-production system, horses and other animals are slaughtered individually outdoors as needed, in or near the village where they will be consumed. Kyrgyzstan 155,17723,762 Total 4,262,004642,621 In 2005, the eight principal horse meat-producing countries produced over 700,000 tonnes of this product.
As horses are relatively poor converters of grass and grain to meat compared to cattle, they are not usually bred or raised specifically for their meat. Instead, horses are slaughtered when their monetary value as riding or work animals is low, but their owners can still make money selling them for horse meat, for example in the routine export of the southern English ponies from the New Forest, Ex moor, and Dartmoor.
British law requires the use of equine passports even for semi feral horses to enable traceability (also known as “provenance”), so most slaughtering is done in the UK before the meat is exported, meaning that the animals travel as carcasses rather than live. Ex- racehorses, riding horses, and other horses sold at auction may also enter the food chain ; sometimes, these animals have been stolen or purchased under false pretenses.
Even prestigious horses may end up in the slaughterhouse ; the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner and 1987 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year winner, Ferdinand, is believed to have been slaughtered in Japan, probably for pet food. A misconception exists that horses are commonly slaughtered for pet food.
In many countries, such as the United States, horse meat was outlawed for use in pet food in the 1970s. American horse meat is considered a delicacy in Europe and Japan, and its cost is in line with veal, so it would be prohibitively expensive in many countries for pet food.
Meat from horses that veterinarians have put down with a lethal injection is not suitable for human consumption, as the toxin remains in the meat; the carcasses of such animals are sometimes cremated (most other means of disposal are problematic, due to the toxin). Remains of euthanized animals can be rendered, which maintains the value of the skin, bones, fats, etc., for such purposes as fish food.
This is commonly done for lab specimens (e.g., pigs) euthanized by injection. Carcasses of horses treated with some drugs are considered edible in some jurisdictions.
In Europe, however, the same preparation is not considered to have any such effect, and edibility of the horse meat is not affected. Horse meat is commonly eaten in many countries in Europe and Asia.
It is not generally available food in some English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, the United States, and English Canada. Horse meat is not generally eaten in Spain, except in the north, but the country exports horses both as live animals and as slaughtered meat for the French and Italian markets.
For example, the Food Standards Code of Australia and New Zealand definition of 'meat' does not include horse. In Tonga, horse meat is eaten nationally, and Tongan emigrants living in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia have retained a taste for it, claiming Christian missionaries originally introduced it to them.
The consumption of horse meat has been common in Central Asian societies, past or present, due to the abundance of steppes suitable for raising horses. In North Africa, horse meat has been occasionally consumed, but almost exclusively by the Christian Copts and the Hawaii Sunnis; it has never been eaten in the Maghreb.
In the eighth century, Popes Gregory III and Zachary instructed Saint Boniface, missionary to the Germans, to forbid the eating of horse meat to those he converted, due to its association with Germanic pagan ceremonies. The people of Iceland allegedly expressed reluctance to embrace Christianity for some time, largely over the issue of giving up horse meat.
The culturally close people of Sweden still have an ambivalent attitude to horse meat, said to stem from this edict. Horse meat was rejected by the British, but continued to be eaten in other European countries such as France and Germany, where knackers often sold horse carcasses despite the papal ban.
Even the hunting of wild horses for meat continued in the area of Westphalia. Londoners also suspected that horse meat was finding its way into sausages and that offal sold as that of oxen was, in fact, equine.
While no taboo on eating horse meat exists per se, it is generally considered by ethnic Russians to be a low-quality meat with poor taste, and it is rarely found in stores. In 732 AD, Pope Gregory III began a concerted effort to stop the ritual consumption of horse meat in pagan practice.
In some countries, the effects of this prohibition by the Roman Catholic Church have lingered, and horse meat prejudices have progressed from taboos to avoidance to abhorrence. In a study conducted by Fred Simmons, the avoidance of horse meat in American culture is less likely due to lingering feelings from Gregory's prohibition, but instead due to an unfamiliarity with the meat compared to more mainstream offerings.
In other parts of the world, horse meat has the stigma of being something poor people eat and is seen as a cheap substitute for other meats, such as pork and beef. According to the anthropologist Marvin Harris, some cultures class horse meat as taboo because the horse converts grass into meat less efficiently than ruminants.
Optimistic taboo is also a possible reason for refusal to eat horse meat as an everyday food, but did not necessarily preclude ritual slaughter and consumption. Roman sources state that the goddess Upon was widely worshiped in Gaul and southern Britain.
In The White Goddess, Robert Graves argued that the taboo among Britons and their descendants was due to worship of Upon, and even earlier rites. The ancient Indian Kshatriya's engaged in horse sacrifice (Ashamed Mafia) as recorded in the Vedas and Ramayana, but in the context of the ritual sacrifice, it is not 'killed', but instead smothered to death.
In 1913, the Finnish Mari people of the Volga region were observed to practice a horse sacrifice. In ancient Scandinavia, the horse was very important, as a living, working creature, as a sign of the owner's status, and symbolically within the old Norse religion.
Horses were slaughtered as a sacrifice to the gods, and the meat was eaten by the people taking part in the religious feasts. When the Nordic countries were Christianized, eating horse meat was regarded as a sign of paganism and prohibited.
A reluctance to eat horse meat is common in these countries even today. A British agriculture industry website reported that Australian horse meat production levels had risen to 24,000 tons by 2009.
On 30 June 2010, Western Australian Agriculture Minister Terry Red man granted final approval to Western Australia butcher Vince Garrett to sell horse meat for human consumption. Ned lands restaurateur Pierre Ichallalene announced plans to do a taster on Bastille Day and to put horse meat dishes on the menu if the reaction is good.
Red man said that the government would “consider extending approvals should the public appetite for horse demand it”. Vince Garrett is the owner of Mono Di Care, a major wholesale meat supplier, which supplies many cafés, restaurants, and hotels in Western Australia.
He commented that no domestic market exists for horse meat, but a successful export market exists, of which he believes Western Australia should have a share. In October 2019, the ABC revealed that thousands of retired racehorses were being slaughtered annually for the export market in human consumption.
Overall, as of 2012 , about 94,000 horses were annually slaughtered, presumably including animals whose meat does not enter the human food chain. Indonesia In Japanese cuisine, raw horse meat is called Laura () or sakuraniku (, Laura means cherry blossom “, Nike means “meat”) because of its pink color.
It can be served raw as sashimi in thin slices dipped in soy sauce, often with ginger and onions added. Hisashi is popular in some regions of Japan and is often served at Malaya bars.
Fat, typically from the neck, is also found as Hisashi, though it is white, not pink. Tuamotu, Pagan, and Rita are famous for Hisashi, and it is common in the Took region, as well.
Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, horse meat is a large part of the diet, due mainly to the nomadic roots of the population. Some dishes include sausages called Kay and Chuck or Suzhou made from the meat using the guts as the sausage skin, Ghana made from hip meat, which is smoked and boiled, JAL (or zeal) made from neck fat which is smoked and boiled, karma made from a section of the rectum that is smoked and boiled, and sure which is kept as dried meat.
Mongolia Mongolian cuisine includes salted horse meat sausages called Kay are produced as a regional delicacy by the Kazakhs. Generally, Mongols prefer beef and mutton (though during the freezing Mongolian winter, some people prefer horse meat due to its low cholesterol).
It is kept unfrozen, and traditionally people think horse meat helps warm them up. Other Asian nations import processed horse meat from Mongolia.
Philippines In the Philippines, horse meat (Luka, taping kayo, or kayo) is a delicacy commonly sold in wet markets. It is prepared by marinating the meat in lemon juice, soy sauce or fish sauce, then fried and served with vinegar for dipping.
South Korea Korean Magog- yuk hoe (horse meat tartar)In Tonga, horse meat or lo'i ho'OSI is much more than just a delicacy; the consumption of horse meat is generally only reserved for special occasions. These special occasions may include the death of an important family member or community member or as a form of celebration during the birthday of an important family member or perhaps the visitation of someone important, such as the king of Tonga.
In Tonga, a horse is one of the most valuable animals a family can own because of its use as a beast of burden. Tonga has long lacked land area compared with its population, so the missionaries introduced horse meat in lieu of cattle.
Despite a diaspora into Western countries such as Australia and New Zealand, where consumption of horse meat is generally taboo, Tongans still practice the consumption of horse meat perhaps even more so because it is more readily available and more affordable. A horse meat steak served at restaurant Oklahoma, Santa, Finland Austria Horse Leverage is available in special horse butcheries and occasionally at various stands, sold in a bread roll.
Dumplings can also be prepared with horse meat, spinach, or Tyrolean Graduate (a sour milk cheese). Such dumplings are occasionally eaten on their own, in a soup, or as a side dish.
Belgium In Belgium, horse meat (paardenvlees in Dutch and viands Chevalier in French) is popular in a number of preparations. Lean, smoked, and sliced horse meat fillet (paardenrookvlees or paardengerookt ; filet Chevalier in French) is served as a cold cut with sandwiches or as part of a cold salad.
Horse steaks can be found in most butchers and are used in a variety of preparations. The city of Vilvoorde has a few restaurants specializing in dishes prepared with horse meat.
Horse sausage is a well-known local specialty in Learn and Dendermonde with European recognition. Smoked or dried horse/pork meat sausage, similar to salami, is sold in a square shape to be distinguished from pork and/or beef sausages.
A Flemish Region around the Repel River is also famous for a horse stew named schlep, made out of shoulder chuck (or similar cuts), brown ale, onions, and mustard. Schlep is typically served with fries, mayonnaise, and a salad of raw Belgian endive.
Finland Horse meat is available in butcher shops and shops specializing in meats but it can sometimes be found in supermarkets, especially in ground form. The most common way to eat horse meat is in a sausage form, especially in the “meetwursti” (“ Bratwurst “); a cured and smoked sausage which often contains pig, cow and horse meat.
Finns consume around 400g of horse meat per person, per year and the country produces round 300-400 thousand tons of meat per year, while importing around 1,5 million kilograms per year from countries like Canada, Mexico or Argentine. Using meat from a horse that has been treated with non-horse medicine or hasn't been inspected by a veterinarian is outright banned.
A butcher shop specializing in horse meat in Pesetas, Languid, France In France, specialized butcher shops (butcheries Chevalier) sell horse meat, as ordinary butcher shops were for a long time forbidden to deal in it. Germany Although no taboo comparable to that in the English-speaking world exists, German law used to proscribe that horse meat be sold only by specialized butchers (Pferdemetzgereien).
This proscription was abolished in 1993, but only a small minority of ordinary butchers have since begun to sell horse meat. As of 2018 , most horse meat was still sold by the specialists, some of whom also delivered by mail order.
Many regions of Germany have traditional recipes that include horse meat. In the Rhineland around Cologne and Düsseldorf, restaurants often offer the traditional Sauerbraten in horse meat, typically with a beef variant to choose from.
Other traditional horse meat dishes include the Swabian Pferderostbraten (a joint of roast meat prepared similarly to roast beef), Bavarian sausage varieties such as Ross wurst and Ross-Kochsalami as well as Ross-Leberkäse, a meatloaf dish. The 2013 meat adulteration scandal started when German authorities detected horse meat in prepared food products including frozen lasagna, where it was declared fraudulently as beef.
The mislabeling prompted EU authorities to speed up publication of European Commission recommendations for labeling the origin of all processed meat. Iceland In Iceland, horse meat is both eaten minced and as steak, also used in stews and fondue, prized for its strong flavor.
The people of Iceland supposedly were reluctant to embrace Christianity for some time largely over the issue of giving up horse meat after Pope Gregory III banned horse meat consumption in 732 AD, as it was a major part of many pagan rites and sacrifice in Northern Europe. Horse meat consumption was banned when the pagan Norse Icelanders eventually adopted Christianity in 1000 AD/ Common Era.
The ban became so ingrained that most people would not handle horse meat, let alone consume it. Even during harsh famines in the 18th century, most people would not eat horse meat, and those who did were castigated.
In 1757, the ban was decriminalized, but general distaste for horse meat lasted well into the 19th century, possibly longer, and its consumption often regarded as an indication of poverty. Even today horse meat is not popular (3.2% of Iceland’s meat production in 2015), although this has more to do with culinary tradition and the popularity of equestrianism than any religious vestiges.
Horse meat is used in a variety of recipes: as a stew called pastissada (typical of Verona), served as steaks, as carpaccio, or made into Bristol. Thin strips of horse meat called flaccid are popular.
Horse fat is used in recipes such as Vanzetti DI cavalry. Horse meat sausages and salamis are traditional in various places.
Donkey is also cooked, for example as a stew called staccato d'amino and as meat for sausages e.g. mortadella d'amino. The cuisine of Parma features a horse meat tartar called pesto DI cavalry, as well as various cooked dishes.
In Vent, the consumption of horse meat dates back to at least 1000 BC/ BCE to the Adriatic Genetic, renowned for their horse-breeding skills. They were used to sacrificing horses to their goddess Ratio or to the mythical hero Diomedes.
Throughout the classical period, Vent established itself as a center for horse breeding in Italy; Venetian horses were provided for the cavalry and carriage of the Roman legions, with the white Genetic horses becoming famous among Greeks and Romans as one of the best breeds for circus racing. As well as breeding horses for military and farming applications, the Genetics also used them for consumption throughout the Roman period, a practice that established the consumption of horse meat as a tradition in Venetian cuisine.
In the modern age, horse meat is considered a luxury item and is widely available through supermarkets and butcheries, with some specialized butcheries offering only selected cuts of equine meat. Prices are usually higher than beef, pork, or any other kind of meat, except game.
Typical Pagan specialty: horse flaccid, smoked and salt-cured “frayed threads” of meat In the Province of Paul, horse meat is a key element of the local cuisine, particularly in the area that extends southeast from the city, historically called Sacrifice. Specialties based on horse meat constitute the main courses and best attractions of several typical restaurants in the zone.
They are also served among other regional delicacies at the food stands of many local festivals, related to civil and religious anniversaries. Most notable is the Fest del Cavalry, held annually in the small town of Leonard and totally dedicated to horses, included their consumption for food.
According to British food writer Matthew Fort, “The taste for donkey and horse goes back to the days when these animals were part of everyday agricultural life. In the frugal, unsentimental manner of agricultural communities, all the animals were looked on as a source of protein.
In Malta, horse meat (Maltese : LATAM ta-iemel) is seared and slowly cooked for hours in either tomato or red wine sauce. A few horse meat shops still exist and it is still served in some restaurants.
Zuurvlees, a southern Dutch stew, is made with horse meat as main ingredient. Horse meat is also used in sausages (paardenworst and Afrikaner), fried fast food snacks and ready-to-eat soups.
When Norwegians adopted Christianity, horse eating became taboo as it was a religious act for pagans, thus it was considered a sign of heresy. Older horses are often exported on the hoof to Italy to be slaughtered.
Horses in Poland are treated mostly as companions, and the majority of Poles are against live export for slaughter. Poland has a tradition of eating horse meat (e.g., sausage or steak tartare).
Horse meat is generally available in Serbia, though mostly shunned in traditional cuisine. It is, however, often recommended by general practitioners to persons who suffer from anemia.
It is available to buy at three green markets in Belgrade, a market in Is, and in several cities in ethnically mixed Vojvodina, where Hungarian and previously German traditions brought the usage. Slovenia A horse meat hamburger in restaurant Hot' Horse, Ljubljana, Slovenia : Horse meat is a national delicacy in Slovenia. Horse meat is generally available in Slovenia, and is highly popular in the traditional cuisine, especially in the central region of Carnival and in the Kart region.
Colt steak (žrebikov Greek) is also highly popular, especially in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, where it is part of the city's traditional regional cuisine. In Ljubljana, many restaurants sell burgers and meat that contain large amounts of horse meat, including a fast-food chain called Hot' Horse.
Celina is a cured meat made from beef or horse, and is considered a delicacy. Horse meat is easily found in supermarkets, and usually prepared as a stew or as steak.
A common practice is to serve horse meat to anemic children. Although no generalized taboo exists in Spain, consumption of horse meat is minor, compared to that of pork, beef, or lamb.
It tends to be very thinly sliced and fairly salty, slightly reminiscent of deli-style ham, and as a packaged meat, may list horse meat (as hastiest) as its primary ingredient. Several varieties of smoked sausage made from horse meat, including Gustafson, are also quite popular, especially in the province of Malaria, where they are produced.
Gustafson, similar to salami or met worst, may substitute for those meats in sandwiches. The laws on foodstuffs of animal origin in Switzerland explicitly list equines as an animal type allowed for the production of food.
Horse meat is also used for a range of sausages in the German-speaking north of Switzerland. As in northern Italy, in Switzerland's Italian-speaking south, local salami (sausages) may be made with horse meat.
Ukraine In Ukraine, especially in Crimea and other southern steppe regions, horse meat is consumed in the form of sausages called Mahan and Suzuki. These particular sausages are traditional food of the Crimean Tatar population.
United Kingdom In the United Kingdom, the slaughter, preparation, and consumption of horses for food is not against the law, although it has been rare since the 1930s, and horse meat is not generally available. The sale of meat labelled as horse meat in UK supermarkets and butchers is minimal, and most actual horse meat consumed in the UK is imported from Europe, predominantly from the south of France, where it is more widely eaten.
Horse meat may be eaten without the knowledge of the consumer, due to accidental or fraudulent introduction of horse meat into human food. A 2003 Food Standards Agency investigation revealed that certain sausages, salami, and similar products such as chorizo and pastrami sometimes contained horse meat without it being listed, although listing is legally required.
Horse meat was featured in a segment of a 2007 episode of the Gordon Ramsay series The F Word. In the segment, Janet Street-Porter convinced locals to try horse meat, though not before facing controversy and being forced to move her stand to a privately owned location.
The meat was presented as having a similar taste to beef, but with less fat, a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, and as a safer alternative in times of worry regarding bird flu and mad cow disease. The segment was met with skepticism from many viewers after broadcast for various reasons, either because some felt the practice was cruel and against social norms, or simply a belief that if the taste was really on par with other meats, then people would already be eating it.
Their Twitter account my Brittle Pony, states that they are “Determined to make horse a stable part of the British diet. Horse meat is also for sale at the other end of the country, in Granville Island Market in downtown Vancouver, where according to a Time reviewer who smuggled it into the United States, it turned out to be a “sweet, rich, super lean, oddly soft meat, closer to beef than venison”.
Aside from the heritage of French cuisine at one end of the country, most of Canada shares the horse meat taboo with the rest of the English-speaking world. This mentality is especially evident in Alberta, where strong horse racing and breeding industries and cultures have existed since the province's founding, although large numbers of horses are slaughtered for meat in Fort MacLeod, and certain butchers in Calgary do sell it.
In 2013, the consumer protection show Kassensturz of Swiss television SRF reported the poor animal conditions at Bounty Exports, a Canadian horse meat farm in Fort MacLeod, Alberta. Micros, the primary importer of horse meat into Switzerland, started working with Bounty to improve their animal welfare, but in 2015 Micros cut ties with Bounty because though improvements had been made, they hadn't improved sufficiently.
Micros had “set itself the ambitious goal of bringing all suppliers abroad up to the strict Swiss standards by 2020.” CBC News reported on March 10, 2013, that horse meat was also popular among some segments of Toronto's population.
It holds a taboo in American culture very similar to the one found in the United Kingdom. All horse meat produced in the United States since the 1960s (until the last quarter of 2007) was intended solely for export abroad, primarily to the European Union.
However, a thriving horse exportation business is going on in several states, including Texas, primarily exporting horses to slaughterhouses in either Canada or Mexico. Restriction of human consumption of horse meat in the U.S. has generally involved legislation at local, state, and federal levels.
California Proposition 6 (1998) was passed by state voters, outlawing the possession, transfer, reception, or holding any horse, pony, burro, or mule by a person who is aware that it will be used for human consumption, and making the slaughter of horses or the sale of horse meat for human consumption a misdemeanor offense. In 2007, the Illinois General Assembly enacted Public Act 95-02, amending Chapter 225, Section 635 of the state's compiled statutes to prohibit both the act of slaughtering equines for human consumption and the trade of any horse meat similarly to Texas Agriculture Code's Chapter 149.
In addition, several other states introduced legislation to outlaw the practice over the years, such as Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and New York. At the federal level, since 2001, several bills have been regularly introduced in both the House and Senate to ban horse slaughter throughout the country without success.
However, a budgetary provision banning the use of federal funds to carry out mandatory inspections at horse slaughter plants (necessary to allow interstate sale and exports of horse meat) has also been in place since 2007. This restriction was temporarily removed in 2011 as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012 but was again included in the FY2014 Agriculture Appropriations Act and subsequent federal budgets, hence preventing the operation of any domestic horse slaughter operation.
Until 2007, only three horse meat slaughterhouses still existed in the United States for export to foreign markets, but they were closed by court orders resulting from the upholding of aforementioned Illinois and Texas statutes banning horse slaughter and the sale of horse meat. The taboo surrounding horse meat in the United States received national attention again in May 2017 when a restaurant in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh served a dish containing horse tartar as part of a special event the restaurant was hosting with French Canadian chefs as guests.
A Change.org petition subsequently went up to advocate making serving horse meat illegal in Pennsylvania. From the 1920s and through the 1950s or 1960s, and with a brief rationing hiccup during WWII, horse meat was canned and sold as dog food by many companies under many brands, most notably by Ken-L Ration.
The popularity of horse meat as dog food became so popular that by the 1930s, over 50,000 horses were bred and slaughtered each year to keep up with this specific demand. Also in Chile, horse meat became the main source of nutrition for the nomadic indigenous tribes, which promptly switched from a guano -based economy to a horse-based one after the horses brought by the Spaniards bred naturally and became feral.
This applied specially to the Pampa and Apache nations, who became fierce horseman warriors. Similar to the Tatars, they ate raw horse meat and milked their animals.
It is generally less expensive than beef and somewhat associated with lower social strata. No foreign food: the American diet in time and place.
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Horses stalled overnight can spend long hours with nothing in their stomachs, making them eat more rapidly when fed breakfast. Dr. Miriam Baumgartner, of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, noted that horses shouldn't be without food in their system for more than four hours at a time.
When horses are without food for this amount of time, they “rebound” during the day, Dr. Margin Zeitler-Feicht, Baumgartner's colleague, noted. Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Devils Ivy (Pathos, Golden Pathos, Taro Vine, Ivy Arum) | Scientific Names: Epipremnum aureus | Family: Tracheae Dock (Sorrel) | Scientific Names: Rum ex SP.
St. John’s Wort (Namath Weed) | Scientific Names: Hyperion perforated | Family: Crustacean Stagger bush (Fetter bush, Male berry) | Scientific Names: Lyon SP.
You’ll find horse chestnut trees growing across the U.S., but they originally come from Europe’s Balkan region. Brought to this country by the colonists, the trees are widely grown in America as attractive shade trees, growing to 50 feet (15 m.) tall and wide.
The trees produce lovely white or pink spike flowers up to a foot (30 cm.) These blossoms, in turn, produce spiny nutshells containing smooth, shiny seeds.
The horse chestnut’s fruit is a spiny green capsule 2 to 3 inches (5-7.6 cm.) Toxic horse chestnuts cause serious gastrointestinal problems if consumed by humans.
Even honeybees can be killed by feeding on horse chestnut nectar and sap. Consuming the nuts or leaves of horse chestnut trees causes bad colic in horses and other animals develop vomiting and abdominal pain.
However, deer seem to be able to eat poisonous conkers without ill effect. While you cannot safely eat horse chestnuts or feed them to livestock, they have medicinal uses.
However, there is some debate about whether the horse chestnuts actually repel the arachnids or simply appear at the same time spiders disappear in winter. The leaves are turning red and brown, the air is getting crisp, and an abundance of flora begins to cover the ground.
Autumn is here, and with it, memories of Harvest Festival, apple crumbles and conker fights in the playground. The glossy brown seeds of the horse chestnut tree, or Aeschylus hippocastanum, come encased in a spiky green shell.
The tree itself is a member of the lichen and soap berry family, and grow to around 39 meters tall. There has long been an old wives’ tale rumoring that spiders will curl up and die within one day of being close to a conker because of a noxious chemical that the seed exudes.
Yes, and while most dogs will ignore them, owners of particular scavengers should be wary of their pets eating them off the ground on walks. Sweet chestnut cases have lots of very fine spikes, and look a little like tiny green hedgehogs.
Some people set aside a ‘doctor garden’ enclosure in their equine permaculture system to provide this variety, and allow their horses in there for a half hour a day to forage and self-medicate as they wish. A good resource for which plants to avoid and which herbs are toxic for horses is found here.
The pulse I mix in with the kelp powder (or Seacoast seaweed) and sprinkle 1 tbsp. Mountain Rose Herbs also sells a good selection of organic medicinal seeds.
Heather (Calling vulgarism) Trefoil (part of the alfalfa family) Sweet verbena (choose small plants and feed leaves only when first introducing) Juncos Actinium (wild blueberry) Wild bulrush Sorrel (only some horses like this) My willies are also more likely to try plants or leaves, and spit them out if they don’t like them, whereas the domestic horses won’t even take a bite.
Dr. Michael noticed the same thing with domestic horses in the UK when they were turned out into larger, wilder fields and given the chance to forage. Just give them time, and they will gradually begin to try and eat a wider variety of plants.
Mini Patel Thompson is a natural health writer and Later Tapping instructor. “I defy anyone to tell me they have a pasture with zero poisonous plants,” says Jeffery Hall, DVD, PhD, a toxicologist at Utah State University.
For one thing, most of them are unpalatable, and horses who are filling up on quality forage aren't likely to spend a lot of time grazing on the few bitter leaves populating their pasture. However, some plants are cause for concern either because even a curious nibble can spell doom or because repeated browsing over weeks or months can lead to serious illness and death.
However, bracken fern is unique among the toxic plants in that some horses seem to develop a taste for it and will seek it out even when other forages are available. What to do: Large doses of thiamine over the course of a week or two can aid in the recovery of horses whose bracken consumption is discovered before the neurological signs are severe.
Range: Grows wild along roadsides and other open uncultivated areas throughout North America. The danger: Hemlock leaves, stems and seeds contain several potent neurotoxin that affect both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Also known as: Tansy ragwort, grounds ID: A multistemmed weed with alternating leaves that produces clusters of small daisy like yellow flowers. The danger: Levels of toxicity vary among different members of the species, but all are thought to contain at least some concentration of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which inhibit cell division, especially in the liver.
Damage to the liver is cumulative and irreversible, and most horses succumb to chronic exposure over time, after consuming between 50 and 150 pounds, in total. Range: Johnson grass is a wild grass native to the southern climates, where it grows along roadways and other uncultivated open areas.
A close relative, Sudan grass, and its hybrids are cultivated throughout the United States as a forage crop. The danger: The leaves and stems of johnsongrass and Sudan grass contain a cyanide compound, which when metabolized inhibits the body's ability to absorb oxygen, in effect suffocating the animal; young shoots of johnsongrass contain the highest concentration of the toxin.
Cyanide concentration drops to safe levels when the grasses are cured for hay, but nitrates, if present, do not. The first indication is rapid breathing, which progresses to tremors, frequent urination and defecation, gasping and convulsions.
The danger: All toxic species of locoweed contain swainsonine, an alkaloid that inhibits the production of the enzyme necessary for saccharine metabolism, and the resulting sugar buildup disrupts the function of brain cells. Signs: Strange behavior is usually the first evidence noticed; horses may bob their heads, adopt exaggerated, high-stepping gaits or stagger and fall.
Also known as: Rose laurel, Adela, rosenlorbeer ID: An evergreen shrub that can reach the size of a small tree, oleander has elongated, thick leathery leaves that can grow to three to 10 inches long. The flowers, which grow in large clusters at the end of branches, are one to three inches in diameter and can be white, pink or red.
Range: Hardy only in hot climates, oleander is used extensively in landscaping across the southern United States, from California to Florida. Signs include colic, difficulty breathing, tremors, incumbency and an irregular heart rate.
What to do: Horses can survive if treated early with supportive care, such as the administration of activated charcoal to inhibit further toxin absorption and the use of anti-arrhythmic drugs to stabilize the heart. Signs include lethargy; refusal to eat; dark red-brown or black urine; pale yellowish gums and mucous membranes at first, advancing to dark muddy brown; increased respiratory rate; rapid heart rate; dehydration.
Also known as: Spotted water hemlock ID: A perennial weed with erect hairless stems that can grow to six feet from clusters of fleshy roots. Leaves are elongated and toothed, and the small white flowers form flat, umbrella-shaped clusters at the ends of branches.
Range: Water hemlock grows throughout the contiguous United States and is most likely to be found in marshy areas of meadows and along streams and irrigation ditches. All parts of the plant contain a cicutoxin alkaloid that affects the central nervous system, but the toxin is most concentrated in the root.
Because cattle are more likely to pull up and consume the root, that species is considered most at risk of poisoning, but horses have also been known to browse the plant; less than a pound of the leaves and stems can be fatal. Signs: The toxins affect neurons primarily within the brain, causing various signs, including excessive salivation, dilated pupils and nervousness, progressing rapidly to difficult breathing, degeneration of the heart and skeletal muscles, seizures and convulsions; death usually results from respiratory paralysis.
What to do: Supportive care initiated before the convulsions begin can offset the worst effects of the seizures, but horses who survive are likely to have experienced permanent damage to the heart and skeletal muscles. Also known as: Barnaby's thistle ID: Yellow star thistle is an annual weed that branches out from a single base stem to form a spherical plant up to three feet tall; its round yellow flowers are surrounded by stiff spines 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long.
Russian snapped spreads via a creeping root system; its erect, stiff stems grow two to three feet high and are covered with gray hairs, and its thistle like flowers range from purple to white; Russian snapped has no spines or prickles. Range: Both plants appear throughout the Western United States, approximately from Missouri to California, and from Mexico northward, almost to Canada.
The danger: Both plants contain a toxic agent that has a neurological effect on the brain that inhibits the nerves and control chewing. The poisoning is chronic in nature; to receive a toxic dose, horses must consume 50 to 200 percent of their body weight over 30 to 90 days.
Signs: Affected horses may appear to have tense or clenched facial muscles, and they are unable to bite or chew their food effectively. ID: A woody evergreen shrub with closely spaced, flat, needle like leaves a half-inch to one inch long.
Berries are bright red or yellow, soft and juicy with a hole in the end, where the dark seed is visible. The danger: All parts of the yew plant, except for the fleshy portion of the berries, contain taxing, an alkaloid that causes respiratory and cardiac collapse.
Animals found alive may be trembling and colicky, with difficulty breathing and a slowed heart rate. EQUUS thanks Anthony Knight, BSC, MR CVS, and Jill Richardson, DVD, for their assistance in the preparation of this article.
With the free weekly EQUUS newsletter, you'll get the latest horse health information delivered right to your in basket! Grace Millage's killer raped another British tourist months earlier Conkers can look so appealing sometimes.
During World War I, the government experimented during times of rationing to see whether conkers were a viable food source. They discovered that crushing them, leeching them with water and then boiling them rendered them edible, but that they had almost no nutritional value.
So resist the temptation to pop a shiny conker into your mouth and use them for bashing your friend’s knuckles instead.